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[Update: Another 12] Google Pay support comes to 29 more US banks, credit unions, and trusts

It seems like almost every hour, some new small-town bank in the US backwoods picks up support for Google Pay. Well over two thousand financial institutions already work with Google's payment platform, including all the big names you expect, but a few more of smaller stature have been recently added. For those with an account at one of the banks listed below, it's time to celebrate.

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[Update: More variants available] ASUS Zenfone 6 pre-orders are up in the US, starting at $500

It's been nearly three months since ASUS announced its latest flagship, the Zenfone 6, with its quirky flip-up camera that springs up and becomes a front-facing cam. In the months since, the device has shipped to many countries around the world, received several updates, and gotten some positive community support, but it hasn't yet launched in the US. Things are looking out though, as the Zenfone 6 is now finally available for pre-order on B&H.

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Google Nest Hub Max officially arrives September 9 in the US, UK, and Australia

Google took the wraps off of the Nest Hub Max back in May, but it's been mostly radio silence on the large smart display since then. Today the company revealed via a support page that the Nest Hub Max would be going up for sale on September 9 in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia, meaning that we still have a 1.5-month wait.

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Google celebrates Independence Day with a baseball doodle game and fireworks in search

Google likes to mark occasions with search Easter eggs (like the Thanos gag for the release of Avengers: Endgame a couple months back) and doodles, and for the Fourth of July this year, it's done both. Searching "fireworks" will fill your screen with a light show, and a baseball-themed Google doodle leads to a fun minigame.

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Amazon brings Alexa integration to Android TV starting with Sony Bravias

Hell officially froze over when Google and Amazon decided to bury their squabbles and stop locking each other out of their respective TV ecosystems. Of course, Amazon apps have been available on Android for a long time, and the company would've shot itself in the foot if it didn't distribute its content and store to the biggest mobile OS in the world. However, TVs have always been a sensitive topic for Amazon and Google, as they're both directly competing with their Chromecast and Fire TV. Shortly after their truce, Amazon announced in April that it's bringing Alexa integration to Sony TVs powered by Android.

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Get 4 LIFX smart color bulbs for the price of 2 in the US, EU, and UK ($60 to $120 savings)

Smart lights are often cited as the first product you get for any smart home. They're easy to install and set up, and they're convenient to have whether you just want to automate your lighting, control it via voice commands, or use it to pretend someone is home when you're away. If you haven't started building your smart home yet or if you're looking for extra lights to brighten up your rooms, there's a secret deal on LIFX bulbs today that can save you up to $120.

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Nokia 7.1 now available in the United States for $350

Most of Nokia's recent Android devices have been very good, but the Nokia 7.1 is especially a good deal. For $349, you get a Snapdragon 636 processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB of expandable storage, and a 5.8-inch 2280 x 1080 screen with HDR support. Now the device is officially on sale in the United States from a handful of retailers.

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[Update: 13 more US banks] Google Pay adds support for 33 new US banks, four international

However many banks Google adds to its list of supported institutions, there are always more waiting. We've got quite a few of them here in the 'States (I think they're reproducing somehow), but a few previously unincluded international banks also made the cut in the last week or so, adding 27 more in total — 23 in the US and four in other countries.

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Google Maps downgrades speed limit accuracy in the USA (plus 25 more countries), adds biking directions in 3 countries

Any maps app thrives on accuracy. Incorrect data should be removed, fixed quickly, or at least it should be marked as such. The Google Maps team keeps a list of its coverage details with markers for availability and data quality, and updates it every now and then to reflect the current state of affairs. Since the last change in July, some improvements have been made, but also some countries have had their data markers downgraded.

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[Update: Another 7 more] Google Pay adds support for 62 banks in the US

Google often adds support for more financial institutions on its mobile payments platform. In the US, the additions are very frequent and don't show any sign of slowing down. 111 banks joined last time, and now, a mere eight days later, we have 30 more. We shall reach 100% USA penetration one day, but until then, you'll have to check the list.

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